Foray in the forest to forage
for mushrooms after the rain
I may pass the hermit’s shelter
partially hidden in the circle of trees
Nobody has seen him
he seems to be invisible
The birds know where he lives
in his imperceptible presence.

If I see him I want to ask him
how he listens to silence,
to voice of solitude
Are they silent thoughts?

The hermit laughs
like a mountain brook
lively and clear.
He is bald and has a white beard.
He smiles like your best friend.

Deep sadness

I am deeply saddened and devastated by the deaths of 3 health workers and an army veteran at the Pathway Home, Veterans Home of California, in Yountville, north of Napa, California, yesterday. Christine Loeber, Executive Director of the Pathway Home, one of the health workers killed, was our guest speaker in the North Napa Rotary Club’s meeting, on February 27.


photo: Christine Loeber


Mrs. Abstract and I just returned home for a 3-day restful sojourn in the north of us. We stayed at the Stanford Inn by the Sea in Mendocino, California. Mrs. Abstract was in the ER Monday night. It turned out to be only a mild health problem.

We left in the rain and returned home in the rain. The drive was along the coast and beautiful. The ocean was not covered by clouds and the rain was intermittent.

We didn’t go anyplace else.Just the 2 of us.It rained and hailed while we were up there.

Mrs. Abstract is a mermaid. She swam in the sea water pool.We read, ate, and rest. Just the two of us.

The Inn offers massage, meditation seminars, cooking and art classes.

The restaurant, Ravens, in the Inn is a plant-based restaurant. Every day we ate vegetarian food with no dairy, eggs or seafoods and of course no meat.

We did wine tasting in one winery on the way up. We passed by 3 wineries for wine tasting on the way back.

The short trip was to celebrate my birthday.